Cardiology's 10 greatest discoveries of the 20th century

Tex Heart Inst J. 2002;29(3):164-71.


We present a brief summary of the 10 greatest cardiologic developments and discoveries of the 20th century Described are electrocardiography; preventive cardiology and the Framingham Study; "lipid hypotheses" and atherosclerosis; coronary care units; echocardiography; thrombolytic therapy; cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography; open-heart surgery; automatic implantable cardiac defibrillators; and coronary angioplasty. These topics are the personal choices of the authors.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Cardiology / history*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / history
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy
  • Cardiovascular Surgical Procedures / history
  • Echocardiography / history
  • Electrocardiography / history
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Preventive Medicine / history